Should a student apply to a graduate school immediately following their undergraduate degree? I am currently majoring in both geography and urban planning, graduating this coming spring. I've contemplated going into the MASGIS (Master in Advanced Studies in GIS) program here at ASU or the MUEP (Master in Urban and Environmental Planning) most likely focusing on community development or transportation planning (I believe the other two concentrations are environmental planning and international planning if I'm not mistaken). However, the MASGIS program costs a heavy sum, which I'm not entirely sure is just tuition they're revealing.
Would it be best to apply to either as soon as possible or go out in the work force for a year, two years, maybe 3+ years and return? The MASGIS program is 1 year, all night classes; while the MUEP is 2-3 years; not sure on the night classes.